Avoid These Bathroom Remodeling Trends At All Costs

Whether you’re updating your bathroom for your family’s convenience or because you’ve decided to place your home on the market, you’ll do well to consider current trends, because an old-fashioned bathroom can actually scare potential buyers.

To get the most out of what you’ll be investing into your Berkeley painting contractors project, make sure to follow the right trends, and avoid fleeting styles that will leave your bathroom outdated in just a few years.

Here’s a rough guide of trends to avoid if you’re looking to update your bathroom soon.

Oversized Tubs

While aesthetically pleasing, large bathtubs are very expensive and impractical because they take up a lot of space. So, unless your Berkeley painters project has an unlimited budget and you have a sprawling space to work with, you’ll be much better off opting for a high-quality shower instead.

Tacky Colors

Avoid dated colors like avocado, salmon, maroon and mustard. These can really put off potential buyers when it’s time to sell your home. Instead, use the 70/20/10 rule to combine timeless colors like pale teal, grey and charcoal to create a calming and light-filled space. Basically, you’ll make sure that 70% of the bathroom is covered in the lightest shade of the three, followed by 20% of the second lightest, and 10% of the most vibrant shade in the form of room accents.


While light colors have a way of making a room feel more spacious than it is, a white-on-white color scheme may not be a good idea for the bathroom. For one, the maintenance of the floors alone would stop most people from purchasing a home with a white bathroom. The good news is that you can still get the same effect by incorporating an assortment of neutral colors like light grey or beige.

Nickel Finishes and Subway Tile

Although they were once very popular, metal finishes like nickel, as well as subway tile, are rapidly going out of style. Trends are now moving towards black finishes and brushed-gold, which are both very modern and stylish choices. On the other hand, geometric designs and large-format tiles are the way to go if you want to create interest, especially in a large space.

Extra Bathrooms

If you’re looking to get a return on investment from adding an extra bathroom, then think again. In fact, statistics show that adding an extra bathroom in the home will, at best, give you a 53.6% ROI. So, unless you intend on staying in the same house for a long time, and you are adding the extra bathroom for your own convenience, you’re probably better off investing that money elsewhere.  


Before you start that Berkeley painting project, think about the long-term value of the updates you’re about to make, and opt for timeless trends instead of fleeting ones. Simple additions like elegant knobs on the cabinets, a new hand-held shower, towel racks and faucet handles can be a great way to enhance the look of your bathroom without breaking the bank. You can also add wall-mounted light fixtures on the sides of your vanity, as well as other new light fixtures.